scatting

scat

1 [skat]
verb (used without object), scatted, scatting. Informal.
to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; of uncertain origin

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scat

2 [skat] Jazz.
verb (used without object), scatted, scatting.
1.
to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.
noun

Origin:
1925–30; of uncertain origin

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scat1 (skæt)
 
vb , scats, scatting, scatted
informal (intr; usually imperative) to go away in haste
 
[C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats]

scat2 (skæt)
 
n
1.  a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
 
vb , scats, scatting, scatted
2.  (intr) to sing jazz in this way
 
[C20: perhaps imitative]

scat3 (skæt)
 
n
any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration
 
[C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-]

scat4 (skæt)
 
n
an animal dropping
 
[C20: see scato-]

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Word Origin & History

scat
"go away!" 1838, from expression quicker than s'cat "in a great hurry," probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat.

scat
"nonsense patter sung to jazz," 1926, probably of imitative origin, from one of the syllables used.

scat
"filth, dung," 1950, from Gk. stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).
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SCAT
  1. School and College Ability Test

  2. special crimes action team

  3. supersonic commercial air transport

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